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How to Make Your Water Heater More Efficient: A Guide for UK Homeowners

23 April 2024

Wondering how you’ll make ends meet? You’re not alone. Rising inflation, increasing costs of utilities, and other factors are making life more expensive across the UK. The good news is that your hot water doesn’t have to be one of those factors. In this post, we’ll discuss some critical ways to make your water heater more efficient and reduce the cost of using heated water within your home.

Invest in an Annual Maintenance Plan

The very first and most important tip is this: make sure you have an annual maintenance plan with a trusted water cylinder specialist, like EasyFlow. Annual maintenance helps improve efficiency, reduces energy consumption, improves performance, and even increases the lifespan of your water heater. We achieve that through a combination of steps, including:

  • An expert inspection to catch minor problems before they become major issues
  • An annual flush to remove sediment build up within the cylinder and on immersion heaters
  • An inspection and adjustment of your thermostat
  • An inspection for leaks or signs of deterioration to reduce water consumption

Don’t have an annual maintenance plan? Contact us today to learn more about your options and why EasyFlow should be your choice.

Install Efficient Plumbing Fixtures

There are major differences between old-style faucets and showerheads and modern options. While a lot of those come down to aesthetics, they go deeper. Modern fixtures are designed to be more efficient because they blend air into the flow of water.

While it might sound counterintuitive, this mixture gives you better pressure, more consistent flow, improved coverage in the shower, and still manages to use less water. And you’ll be happy to know that modern plumbing fixtures will reduce your overall water consumption, so you’ll save on heated water, but also on cold water straight from the mains.

Don’t know where to start? We can offer advice, but you can also start small and just replace the faucet at your kitchen sink and your showerheads. Then replace other fixtures throughout your home over time.

Replace Your Aging Vented Cylinder

If you still have an old-style vented cylinder, now’s the time to replace it. Modern unvented cylinders are far more efficient and provide quite a few additional benefits, too. With an unvented cylinder, you:

  • Can install your water heater anywhere in the home
  • Enjoy mains pressure hot water from every single tap
  • Reduce your energy consumption
  • Reduce your water usage

You’ll find a wide range of unvented cylinders on the market, from Gledhill to MegaFlo, Albion, and more. If you’re unsure which one fits your needs best, we can help. In fact, our G3-qualified engineers can handle installation and offer maintenance for the life of your unit.

These are just a few ways that you can improve the efficiency with which you heat water within your home. There are plenty of others, such as insulating your piping from the water heater to each tap or showerhead, setting your thermostat a few degrees cooler, and simply using less hot water.


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